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Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir Hardcover – February 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: M Q Publications (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846011337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846011337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known as underground comics doyen R. Crumb's wife, Kominsky Crumb is a prolific and trailblazing comics autobiographer. In this freewheeling memoir, she chronicles a peripatetic life, starting with the step from a 1950s Long Island childhood to hippie days on the Lower East Side and in San Francisco, where she fell in with the nascent underground comics scene and met Crumb. Disillusioned with America in the early 1990s, the couple emigrated to the south of France, where they now live in a medieval chateau. Kominsky Crumb juxtaposes prose reminiscences with autobiographical strips from the periods under discussion, and besides her solo comics efforts, collaborative comics "jams" with her husband, some of her paintings, photographs of friends and family, and memorabilia appear. Although her raw, messy drawing style and no-holds-barred content are off-putting to many comics fans, there is no denying the potency of her confessional comics. Readers drawn to this volume to learn more about Crumb are likely to come away from it with a newfound appreciation of his talented spouse. Gordon Flagg
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This is an outstanding book for Aline Kominsky fans!
comic lover
The mix of straight up autobiography, graphic memoir, and scrap book made this graphic novel a very unique experience.
The Upsetter
That said, readers should know Aline has made this book REALLY about her.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karen Renee on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Aline Kominsky-Crumb's comix for many, many years - from her appearances in the Twisted Sister anthology to her more recently published work (in comics co-drawn with husband Robert Crumb) in The New Yorker.

This hefty book is part memoir, part scrapbook, part diary, and is packed with personal photos, drawings, and illustrations. Aline Kominsky-Crumb doesn't flinch in her recollections of her wonderfully rich and sometimes dissolute life. Crumb fans will get a thrill at seeing photographs of their old, rambling chateau in a medieval village in France (Le sigh). I paid full retail for this book at Cody's Books in Berkeley, and believe me, it's worth every penny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ayun Halliday on May 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing more appealing than when an unapologetic woman lets her big appetite hang out!

It's a thrill to see these stories, some of which have been parceled out to us piecemeal over the years, collected in one volume, with Aline's artwork, photographs, words lending further context and depth. It's so heavy, I'm afraid it'll fall off the shelf and crush me in my sleep! Actually, there are plenty of worse ways to go...

Much as I love her #1 husband's "aht", as far as I'm concerned, Aline's no second banana. She's the whole dang Bunch!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucien the Librarian on April 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a lavishly produced, witty, moving and life-affirming book. As another reviewer has said, despite the grotesque way she usually draws herself, the author is a genuinely beautiful woman in many ways, and her zest for life, despite her miserable upbringing, is infectious. I hope that this book will lead to greater exposure for Kominsky Crumb, and more comics from her, both solo and in collaboration with Robert, Sophie, or the three of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a big Crumb fan, but have always found his wife's work somewhat annoying and insubstantial by comparison. Boy was I wrong!

I have come away from this book with a new-found appreciation for The Bunch. She has written and created a deeply affecting, funny, touching, intimate, and very creative memoir, weaving in photos, comics, text, paintings and more to craft a full and complete picture of a very lovable person and a pretty decent artist as well.

To be honest, I too grew up in Long Beach, from a Jewish family that shares much in common with Aline's family. However, like many of my parents' peers, we moved to South Florida in the early 70s, while The Bunch ran off to the East Village and then San Fran. The sweep of her story captures a wide chunk of baby boomer history, and she presents her life in a very self-deprecating, humorous manner.

A very unique book, one you should grab before it goes out of print forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Raub on March 12, 2007
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I enjoyed Aline's approach to her graphic novel memoir. She can be a pretty harsh critic of herself but seems to have done a lot of insightful thinking about her actions and reactions. I appreciate her truthful and often times embarrassing peak into her life. The photos tell us that she was way more harsh about her appearance than she depicted in her strips. She was and is a beautiful lady. Thank you Aline, I've enjoyed learning about you.
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Format: Hardcover
An amazing book from an amazing artist.
I have been a fan of R.C.Crumb for a long time and was estatic when I came across this book.Several times when you are going through this book you'll see mention of the movie "Crumb".By all means ,find it and watch it. It is much more about RC,but Aline appears in it many times. And why wouldn't she;she has been an essential part of his life,and he of hers, since 1973.And what a life it has been for these two artists feeding on one another's talents,imaginations and love of life and freedom of expression. The reason I mention this movie is that it brings you into their lives so well as you listen to them talk about their lives ,art and lifestyles. And most important, many of the people you encounter in this book are in the movie and play themselves--in what seems to be virtually unrehearsed. I wrote a Review on that movie on February 14,2007.
I have loved the Comics since I was able to read,starting in the early 1940's. Very much a part of Comics ,has in addition to the storyline ,been the fabulous art that these great strip writers have produced. I find it impossible to pick a favorite since each is such a personal expression of their imagination and skill.
It this book Aline bares her soul to us all ,probably even to a greater extent than most people are able to bare their own to themseles.
The thing about an artist with the love of life ,imagination and skills of Aline ;is that she is able to show the way one reacts to the world around them. She is able to see and tell about things where others only look and wonder why.
Throughout the book, her artist's soul is displayed in every part of her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romantic Angel on December 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed at how easily Aline Kominsky Crumb seems to open up to the reader in this plump autobiography. You can tell when you first pick up this hefty book, that Aline has alot to say about her life, her loves, and her work. Even though I'm not a Jewish girl from the "guyland" (as she says it), I found her characters easy to relate to. Highly recommended!!
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